Do Not Be Afraid #morejoy December 17, 2017

 

Greeting and Announcements – GAGE WARNER

WELCOME! We are glad you are here . . . .
The last Advent study is this Thursday evening at 7pm
Every Friday morning at 9am we have ‘BIBLE TALK,” our weekly Bible study
C.R.E.W. Christmas Party is tonight, 5:30 pm – Bring $10 IF YOU CAN, it will be going to a good cause
C.R.E.W. will begin meeting again weekly on 1/6 And is for 6th-12th Grade
TOMORROW NIGHT – MONDAY the 18th, Family Movie. Night at 6:30. 
Following the theme of angels, we will watch MICHAEL
Christmas Eve – worship at 4:30pm and “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS” party
Then the next Sunday, Dec. 31st – will be our Fifth Sunday Potluck!

Call to Worship – CATHY PARTRIDGE

Leader:
Every angels seems to use “do not be afraid” as an opening line. But perhaps no one needed to hear it more than Joseph. What was happening to him was the stuff that ruins ives. As a man in that tie, he had all the rights to abandon Mary and preserve his dignity when he learned of her pregnancy. The stakes were high. But the angel’s message of encouragement was to see a difficult circumstance not with dread, but with joy.

All Sing:
There are angels among us that may not meet the eye
There are messages of joy coming from a choir on high
But don’t just look up
for the way God works
is to plant more joy right here on earth just like it was at Jesus birth.

There are angels among us, there are angels among us bringing joy on earth.

Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
 
All Pray:
Holy Living God, Blessed Jesus, Guiding Spirit,
alight within us your flame of JOY this day.
Grant us openness to hear your message.
Grant us courage to be your messengers in the world, creating more joy in the midst of fear.
AMEN.

Leader: And with the angel messengers above us, among us and within us, we sing . . .

Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid

Advent Candles – COE FAMILY

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

“She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.

Today we give thanks for the Josephs among us, who bring to us surprising new visions of joy, who challenge us to think outside the box, who show us a future we never anticipated.

God sent himself to us to bring us life and never-ending joy. Today, as we celebrate Advent and think of joy, let us not forget. Let us remember and live each day in the knowledge and understanding of what God has done for us.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel! We are joyful!

On this Third Sunday of Advent, we re-light the candles of HOPE and PEACE, and we light the third candle of JOY as a symbol of those who remind of us what may be, and renew our faith.

Now, we invite you to pass the joy of Christ with your neighbors, for each time we connect with one another, joy grows.

* 211 O Come, O Come Emmanuel

* 240 Hark, The Herald Angels Sing

Children’s Announcements and Birthdays – TERESA WHITNEY
Christmas Play rehearsal today – 12-3
Play rehearsal also 12-23, 3-5pm
Monday Night – Family Movie at 6:30, with childcare
Christmas Eve Play & Worship – 4:30pm
 
BIRTHDAYS:
Linda Gavin – Dec. 17
Jacie Nicholson – Dec. 17
Aimee Sims – Dec. 19
Katey Zeller – Dec. 20
Betty Palmer – Dec. 22
 
Children’s Message – BRAD PARTRIDGE

VIDEO: The Christmas Scale

Community Prayers, Offertory and Lord’s Prayer – CATHY PARTRIDGE

MUSIC SPECIAL: “Joseph’s Lullaby” – JEFF WHITNEY

* 95 Doxology

* 238 Angels We Have Heard on High

VIDEO: Joseph

Sermon: “Do Not Be Afraid: #morejoy” – CATHY PARTRIDGE

* 246 Joy to the World

Benediction – CATHY PARTRIDGE


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December 10, 2017 Bulletin

Welcome to Caddo Mills UMC December 10, 2017

Greeting and Announcements – Gage Warner

Angel Tree – Shara Thomason
Advent Study “Angels Among Us” – Thursday at 7pm
Bible Talk – Weekly Bible study – Friday at 9am
C.R.E.W. Christmas Party – Sunday, Dec. 17th, 5:30-7:30 All students, 6th – 12th
Bring $10

By the way . . . C.R.E.W. Will begin meeting weekly again on Sun., Jan. 6th

Family Movie Night – Dec. 18th, 6:30pm “Michael”
Christmas Eve – Worship with us beginning at 4:30pm
Fifth Sunday Potluck – December 31st

VIDEO: It All Starts Here

Call to Worship – Cathy Partridge

Last week we witnessed Zechariah freaking out when the other-worldly angel creature appeared to him at the altar of the temple. But Mary was simply “perplexed” by her encounter with an angel. Why would such an incredible message come to a common girl just barely a woman? Then her reply to such a foretelling about her purpose in life was also simple: “Let it be so.” For nothing is impossible with God.

SONG: There are angels among us . . .

Prayer:
Holy Living God, Blessed Jesus, Guiding Spirit,
alight within us your flame of peace this day.
Grant us openness to hear your message.
Grant us courage to be your messengers in the world, creating more peace in the midst of fear.

And with the angel messengers above us, among us and within us, we sing . . .

DO NOT BE AFRAID
DO NOT BE AFRAID
DO NOT BE AFRAID
DO NOT BE AFRAID

Lighting of Advent Candles – Jay & Shara Thomason family

* 211 – O Come, O Come Emmanuel

* 196 – Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Children’s Announcements and Birthdays – Teresa Whitney

Christmas Play rehearsal  
     Dec. 17th following church until 3pm
     Dec. 23rd, 3-5pm
Christmas Eve – performing Begins at 4:30pm
 
Parent’s Night Out – Dec. 15th, 6-9pm
Open to all kids, church kids, friends, cousins, neighbors
Please email Teresa at kids@cmumc.org for reservation
All youth, 6th-12th Grade, are asked to come and help!

Birthdays:

Jesse Austin – Dec. 15th

Children’s Message and Dismissal – Brad Partridge

Community Prayer, Offertory and Lord’s Prayer – Cathy Partridge

VIDEO: Gabriel’s Message

* 95 – Doxology

* 234 – O Come, All Ye Faithful

SERMON:  “Nothing is Impossible: #morepeace” – Cathy Partridge

Luke 1:26-45

* 218 – It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

* Do Not Be Afraid (Refrain)

Benediction – Cathy Partridge


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December 3, 2017 Bulletin

Welcome to Caddo Mills UMC December 3, 2017

Greeting and Announcements – GAGE WARNER

Welcome!
Angel Adoption – to be announced by Shara Thomason
Confirmation – Parents and youth meet right after worship today
Mark Your Calendars NOW – Christmas Eve Service at 4:30

Call to Worship and Opening Prayer – CATHY PARTRIDGE

Leader: The angels that appear in the story of Jesus’ birth would have been very comfortable in our world of tweets and hashtags. Their messages were often short and to the point–their favorite line being #DoNotBeAfraid. As we look at the stories of these winged messengers to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph and the Shepherds, we will contemplate what messages we can offer that will fly in the face of a culture of fear and bring more hope, more peace, more joy, and more love to the world.

We begin with an angelic visit to Zechariah. It was just another day at the temple for Zechariah. It was his priestly turn to make sure everything was done properly and in good order. But it turned into something quite different when an angel showed up at the altar.

“There are angels among us that may not meet the eye
There are messages of hope coming from a choir on high
But don’t just look up;
for the way God works
is to plant more hope right here on earth
just like it was with Jesus birth.
 
There are angels among us,
there are angels among us, t
here are angels among us,
bringing hope on earth.
 
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid

Prayer

Holy Living God, Blessed Jesus, Guiding Spirit,
alight within us your flame of hope this day.
Grant us openness to hear your message.
Grant us courage to be your messengers in the world,
creating more hope in the midst of fear.

Pastor: And with the angel messengers above us, among us and within us, we sing (or say)…

Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid

Lighting of Advent Candle – HOPE

Reader 1: What is hope? Modern culture tells us it is a “maybe,” a kind of unsure optimism. But in Scripture, hope is an indication of certainty. “Hope” means “a strong and confident expectation.”

The Israelites were hoping for a savior, their messiah. God had promised a messiah and they believed it. They didn’t know when or who, but they were waiting.

Zechariah was a Levite in the nation of Israel. He worked in the temple and was a God-fearing man. He and his wife, Elizabeth, were childless in a culture where children were considered to be a sign of God’s blessing. Zechariah had prayed and prayed to God, asking for a child, but God had not sent one. As Zechariah stood in the Holy of Holies that day, preparing to offer the sacrifices for the people, an angel appeared to him with a message from God:

Reader 2: Fear not, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son. You are to name him John. He will be a joy and delight to you and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord his God. He is never to take wine or fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go before the Lord to make ready a people.

Reader 1: But when Zechariah heard Gabriel’s words, his first reaction was not hope. It was doubt. He asked the angel, “But how can this be? I am an old man!” The angel responded,

Reader 2: I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.

Reader 1: Elizabeth did become pregnant, and Zechariah found himself wholeheartedly living in hope, in confident expectation that God would give him a son and that the long-awaited Messiah was soon to follow.

Today we too can live with Zechariah’s hope. We can live with the certainty and the confident expectation that Christ not only came to this world as a baby so long ago, but he will return and everything that God has promised will come true. What hope!

On this first Sunday of Advent, we light this candle as a symbol HOPE. (light one purple candle.)

Passing of the Peace

I invite you to pass the HOPE of Christ with your neighbors, for each time we connect with one another, hope grows!

* 348 – Surely the Presence

* 238 – Angels We Have Heard on High

Children’s Announcements and Birthdays – TERESA WHITNEY

Parent’s Night Out – December 15th
Christmas Program
Thank you to all who came out for the parade and supported the children!

BIRTHDAYS:

Debbie Williams – December 4th
Teresa Whitney -December 4th
Ron Hill – December 6th

Children’s Message – BRAD PARTRIDGE

Community Prayer and Offertory – CATHY PARTRIDGE

VIDEO: “Angels Among Us” by Alabama

* 95 – Doxology

* 454 Open My Eyes, That I May See

Sermon

Holy Communion

* 220 – Angels from the Realms of Glory

 

Benediction – CATHY PARTRIDGE


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11-26-17 “MORE THAN ENOUGH”

Greeting and Church-wide Announcements – Gage Warner

Season of Advent begins next Sunday! Sermon Series will be “Angels Among Us” #DoNotBeAfraid

“Hanging of the Greens” today after worship
 
Advent study “Angels Among Us” begins this Thursday, November 30th, 7pm
All are invited to participate, youth through Adults
 
Friday morning “Bible Talk” will be this Friday, 9:00am – Genesis Chapter 24
Christmas Parade Friday

Senior Adult Kids – Wednesday, December 6th – taking lunch to Wesley

* Call to Worship – Gage Warner

Leader: Lord, day after day, we work, we study, we strive for something more.
ALL: GOD, YOU KNOW WHAT WE NEED.
Leader: We are blinded by a desire for more.
ALL: BUT IN OUR HEARTS, WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE ALL WE NEED.
Leader: We are distracted by the world’s treasure.
ALL: LORD, BE OUR TREASURE. LET OUR HEARTS STRIVE FOR YOU. NOT JUST ON SUNDAY MORNINGS, BUT ALL WEEK LONG. AMEN.

* #334 – Sweet, Sweet Spirit

* #393 – Spirit of the Living God

Children’s Message – Brad Partridge

Children’s Announcements, Birthdays and Dismissal – Teresa Whitney

Birthdays:  Jim Ayo, Melissa Palomares, Reese Davis

VIDEO: A Prayer for Holiness

Community Prayer, Offertory and Lord’s Prayer – Rev. Cathy Partridge

OFFERTORY VIDEO – “Holy Spirit You are Welcome Here”

* 95 – Doxology

* #347 – Spirit Song

Sermon: “More Than Enough”

Luke 12:13-34

* #399 – Take My Life and Let It Be

Benediction


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11-19-217 Bulletin

Greeting and Church-wide Announcements – Jason Davis

For Youth 6th-12th Graders and their parents:
Monday, 11:30 here, Pizza “Pie” with the Pastor – bring your friends!
 
Confirmation – coming up for 2018! All students, 6th – 12th Grade, that have not completed confirmation, please see Pastor Cathy after worship! There is a new confirmation plan for us this year, we will be participating in a Confirmation Retreat – January 19 – 21, at Bridgeport Camp!

December 17th- CREW Christmas Party – put it on your calendars now! 5:30-7:30 pm

For All:
Today at 3pm – Annual Charge Conference at Wesley UMC – anyone interested in going is welcome.
No “Bible Talk” Bible study Friday after Thanksgiving. We will meet again on December 1st, 9am.
Next Sunday, the 26th, plan on staying after worship for our annual Christmas Decorating – traditionally called “Hanging of the Greens” to prepare our worship space for Advent!
Advent – sermon series will be “Angels Among Us
And Advent study will begin on Thursday, November 30th at 7pm

CALL TO WORSHIP: A Psalm of Worship (Video)

#131 We Gather Together

10,000 Reasons

New Member Vows for Brad Partridge

Children’s Message – Brad Partridge

Children’s Announcements, Birthdays and Dismissal – Teresa Whitney

Christmas Float – Parade is Friday, Dec. 1st
Christmas Play practice to begin soon
Birthdays: Jim Ayo & Melissa Palomares

Blessed Be Your Name

Community Prayer, Offertory and Lord’s Prayer – Rev. Cathy Partridge

VIDEO: Thanksgiving Chair

#95 Doxology

#102 Now Thank We All Our God

SERMON: Cornucopia: Horn of Plenty – Rev. Cathy Partridge

Matthew 6:19-21 (MSG)

“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” 

694 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Benediction – Rev. Cathy Partridge


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11-12-17 Bulletin

Welcome to Caddo Mills UMC
Rev. Wendy Curran Meyers November 12, 2017 “Thanks for Everything”

Greeting and Church-wide Announcements – JASON DAVIS

A warm welcome to all, members and visitors, as we celebrate this season of Thanksgiving. As we gather, we proclaim that the long-ago feast of Pilgrims and Native Americans proved to be a symbol of our common membership in the human race. And was a living representation of our calling “to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.” Today we are reminded to be thankful to God for all the blessings that have been lavished on us.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Friday morning “Bible Talk” will resume this coming Friday, November 17th, 9-10am
2 more “Pie with the Pastor” opportunities. Sign up in the kitchen.
Introducing Teresa Whitney as the new Children’s Director
Welcome our musicians for today
We have a special music group coming next Sunday and Pastor Cathy will be back with us

Call to Worship – JASON DAVIS

Leader: We get ourselves so caught up in the hectic world around us. O Lord, be with each of us as we gather this day for worship.
Leader: Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead.
People: Find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed.
Leader: Clear the chaos and the clutter
People: Clear our eyes that we can see
ALL: All the things that really matter. Be at peace and simply be. AMEN.
 
Song: “How Great Thou Art”
 
Song: “Forever”
 
Children’s Announcements and Birthdays
Going to Six Flags Today
Laura Wade’s Birthday – 11/13
Any other birthdays this coming week?
 
 
 

Community Prayer, Offertory and Lord’s Prayer

Praying for:
First Baptist Church and community of Sutherland Springs, Texas
Grieving, Lost and Alone
 
Offertory:
Lord of Wisdom, we faithfully believe in the promise of your Heavenly Kingdom. Yet, we allow our personal living to determine our personal giving. Enable us to be generous givers whose giving is not controlled by our personal wants. Awaken our spirit to the knowledge that we have a limited time to give to your ministries. We pray in the name of your Son, who will come again as Jesus the Christ. Amen. Matthew 25:1-13

VIDEO: Give Thanks

“Doxology”

Song: “Scandal of Grace”

 

SERMON: “Thanks for Everything”

Philippians 4:6-7 (NRSV) – Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Song: “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”

VIDEO: Fall Invitation

Benediction


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10-8-17  THE CHANGEOVER ZONE

WELCOME: Introduction of your New Pastor

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, dead, and buried;*

the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven,

and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,the holy catholic** church,the communion of saints,the forgiveness of sins,the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting. Amen. 

** UNIVERSAL

SONGS: These are the Days of Elijah

The church’s One Foundation

VIDEO

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  thanks to everyone who worked hard at the fall festival yesterday … there are some pictures on Facebook so check them out! 

NO BIRTHDAYS

KIDS DISMISSED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

-We also want to invite everyone to stay for a few minutes after church on Sunday, October 15th to recognize the great work BRANDY has done in our children’s ministry … thanks to all of you who have signed up to love and teach our kids on Sunday mornings … we still need some help this fall!

-Women looking to grow in their faith should think about attending the last Walk to Emmaus this year …this 3 days in NOVEMBER could change your life! AND your new Pastor is the SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR of this Walk so you’ll get to know her really well

-The CREW will be on temporary hiatus in October while Brenda Williams is in San Angelo with her mother … it will be back in a BIG WAY soon! This also means the Garage Sale is postponed

-Pot Luck is the 5th Sunday of October so let’s all BE TOGETHER as we prepare for change

-Also, Halloween is around the cornet so start bringing your CANDY … Pastor Cathy WILL be here that night to meet you and meet our neighbors … be sure you introduce her to everyone!

-In order to help Pastor Cathy get off to a FAST start she wants to meet as MANY people as QUICKLY as possible so won’t you please host a casual get-together for PIE WITH THE PASTOR.  Debbie has already asked a few people to host groups of 15 up to 30 (you can borrow chairs from the church if you need to!) but if YOU want to pick a night, please let STACY PLASEK know, we will email you Stacy’s info so you can contact her directly. Hosts do nothing but provide paper plates and tea or coffee and 2-3 people in each group will bring a pie.

-Ministry Celebration for Brandy and Debbie next Sunday after church, very informal!

COMMUNITY PRAYERS

OFFERING “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34).

Almighty God, you gave us your commandments and asked us to live according to your holy will.  As part of your design for honorable living, we participate in this simple act of giving and dedicate ourselves to living lives of honesty and peace.  Amen.  Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

SONGS: In Christ Alone

Revelation Song

SERMON: The Change-Over Zone

Appoint someone over the community so that the Lord’s community won’t be like sheep without a shepherd. NU 27:15-17

I laid a foundation, but someone else is building on top of it. 1 Cor 3:10

SONG: How Great Thou Art

BENEDICTION: Father, in your mercy you forgive us; in your love you save us; in your patience you teach us. Help us take the teachings of your Holy Spirit with us so we may love you more, follow you better, and please you in everything, Amen.

 

 

 


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9-17-17 EPHESUS: You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling

WELCOME

SONGS: Lord Reign in Me

God of Wonder
 
BIRTHDAYS: JEFF THOMASON and XAVIER ORTIZ
 
KIDS DISMISSED
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS … all event details are in the weekly email, which is also on the home page of the website, and on the website calendar, and we keep Facebook up to date too
-Our VISIONING and look at God’s BIG PICTURE continues in 2 weeks on Wed. September 27th … no dinner next time but childcare WILL be available
– Girlfriends of Grace are painting on October 1st … make your reservation directly at the Greenville website or get me your check for $35
-Ongoing events this week … we encourage everyone to plug into a small group
… The CREW youth group meets tonight at 5:30… Friday morning Bible Talk will talk about Staying Afloat in Troubled Times, Genesis 6, we will have childcare
… Adult Sunday school is meeting on Sundays this fall at 9:45

COMMUNITY PRAYERS

OFFERING MOMENT
Doxology
 
SONGS: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
My Holy Shepherd
 
SERMON: Searching for the Perfect Church
“I know your works, your labor, and your endurance. I also know that you don’t put up with those who are evil. You have tested those who say they are apostles but are not, and you have found them to be liars. You have shown endurance and put up with a lot for my name’s sake, and you haven’t gotten tired.
But I have this against you: you have let go of the love you had at first. So remember the high point from which you have fallen. Rev. 2:2-5a
“… seek 1st the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” Matthew 6:33
God’s condemnation of Eli, these words stuck out: “you… honor your sons above me” I Samuel 2:29
Jesus said something like that:“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:37

Change your hearts and lives and do the things you did at first. If you don’t, I’m coming to you. I will move your lampstand from its place if you don’t change your hearts and lives. If you can hear, listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. I will allow those who emerge victorious to eat from the tree of life, which is in God’s paradise. Revelation 25:2-7.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. Rev. 22:2-3
 
SONG: LIFT HIGH THE CROSS
 
BENEDICTION: Let the majesty of the Father be the light by which we walk,
the compassion of the Son be the love by which we walk,
the presence of the Spirit be the power by which we walk. AMEN

 


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9-10-17 Searching for a Great Church

HOW THE EARLY CHURCHES SHOW US THE WAY

Acts 4:23-33. Revelation 1:9-20

 

WELCOMESONGS: God of Wonders

Sweet Hour of Prayer

BIRTHDAYS: Steve Gavin, Tony Gavin and David Cole

KIDS DISMISSED

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • This Wednesday night is a special ALL CHURCH event for EVERYONE! If you have been coming here for MANY years or if today is your 1st day YOUR input in God’s planning for the future in not only valuable, it’s CRITICIAL!! We WILL have dinner from 6-6:30 and then there WILL be childcare from  6:30– 8 for kids 5th grade and under.  (The email said 6:30 to 8:30 but it’s 6-8!)
  • CLUB JOURNEY starts on September 19th from 3:30-4:45 and we have invited 167 students from the 3-4-5th grades at LEE to join us … I want to thank our GREETERS who have signed up, we have enough for them to ROTATE, and we want to thank the FOUR others … but this is not enough help to service what we expect will be NO LESS than 50 kids? Please consider how your gift can contribute to God’s call on YOUR life to make disciples … no better way that with the children!
  • JUST A REMINDER to start cleaning out your garage and closets and SAVE YOUR STUFF for the youth Ministry garage sale!
  • Adult Kids are in for a TREAT because the CREW is hosting the next dinner and GAME night on September 13
  • Come be part of ongoing events

… The CREW youth group will also continue to meet on Sunday nights

… Friday morning Bible studies continue on Friday mornings

… Adult Sunday school is meeting on Sundays this fall at 9:45

COMMUNITY PRAYERS

OFFERING MOMENT

            Reflection time

Doxology

 

SONG: I am the Church, You are the Church

Spirit of the Living God

 

SERMON: Searching for the Perfect Church

 After their release, they returned to their brothers and sisters and reported everything the chief priests and elders had said.  They listened, then lifted their voices in unison to God in prayer.. After they prayed, the place where they were gathered was shaken. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking God’s word with confidence. Acts 4:23,31

The community of believers was one in heart and mind. None of them would say, “This is mine!” about any of their possessions, but held everything in common.  The apostles continued to bear powerful witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and an abundance of grace was at work among them all.  Acts 4:32-33

(1) Ephesus – hard workers, full of endurance, haven’t put up with evil BUT have forsaken its first love and forgotten the basics of what made them great to begin with … but PARADISE awaits (2:4).

 (2) Smyrna – a church that suffered hardship and hurtful things spoken about them and more suffering was yet to come BUT THEY WILL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF LIFE (Rev. 2:10)

 (3) Pergamum – they kept their faith in the midst of bad circumstances but they worshipped false idols and were sexually immoral and needed to repent BUT THEY WOULD EMERGE VICTORIOUS (2:16).

 (4)Thyatira – a strong, faithful, loving church with good works and endurance but who wouldn’t condemn a false prophetess.  BUT THEY WOULD HAVE AUTHORITY OVER NATIONS. (2:20).

(5) Sardis – the church thought they were alive but were “dead; they had fallen asleep. BUT THEIR NAMES WOULD BE IN THE BOOK OF LIFE (3:2).

 (6) Philadelphia – the church that had endured patiently and done good works and kept their faith even though they had little power. THEY WILL BE PILLARS IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD  (3:10).

(7) Laodicea – the church with the lukewarm faith. BUT THEY WILL SIT WITH JESUS ON HIS THRONE (3:16).

SONG: WE ARE ONE IN THE SPIRIT

BENEDICTION: As we go from here, help us to experience your favor, oh God! Allow us to rest in the peace that comes from the One who is, who was, and who is yet to come! To Him be glory and power, forever and ever.  Amen.

 

 

 


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